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The Veterans Affairs medical establishment has been taking lots of flak lately. Even my hero Rush Limbaugh is raking them over the coals. So now I am about to put in a good word for VA medical care.


Date published: 5/27/2014

The Veterans Affairs medical establishment has been taking lots of flak lately. Even my hero Rush Limbaugh is raking them over the coals. So now I am about to put in a good word for VA medical care.

I served as a four-year enlistee during which one of our wars broke out. I qualify for VA medical care with no co-pay. Also, I have been eligible for Medicare for the past 19 years. I pay for my and spouse's coverage by supplemental (to Medicare) insurance. We can go to any private doctor who'll take Medicare.

I pop over to the local McGuire satellite medical center serving the Fredericksburg area several times a year. I go down to McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond whenever I must. All of this is as an outpatient.

When I call by telephone, they always answer. When I show up in person, they see me promptly. Rarely over the years have I had to wait, and then it was not for long.

Even the few times when I have walked in without an appointment, they have attended to my needs.

In Fredericksburg, the VA medical service has been excellent for as long as I have been receiving it, to the extent that years ago I chose to appoint the medical clinic as my primary care provider, which I still do.

I served in a hot war as a low-rank enlistee and paid into Social Security even as a self-employed small businessman (meaning not payments were not cheap), so it is not as if I am getting something for nothing.

The Department of Veterans Affairs and its medical arm have been good to me. They often solicit my opinion, in writing, of their service. I have always given them top grades because they earned it.

Ronald Parsons

Fredericksburg